The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letters from J.P. Mills to Henry Balfour

caption: further consignment of objects arrived at Pitt-Rivers museum; collection of photographs; persistence of head-taking; punitive raids and "looting"
medium: letters
person: Balfour/ HenryHutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Tamlu Urangkong (Ourangkong) Dikhu R. Chantongia Mongnyu
date: 20.6.1923
person: Mills/ J.P.
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Mills Ms.
text: Mokokchung,
text: Naga Hills,
text: Assam
text: June 20th 1923
text: My dear Balfour,
text: I am so glad the four cases turned up undamaged. The "drum" from Tamlu was the devil to pack. More things from me will be on their way soon, and Hutton's heads and death figures ought to reach you before this letter does... I have one or two schemes on. One is to try to collect some sets of ethnological photographs. My little anthropological library goes to the R.A.I. when I shuffle off this mortal coil and they are very badly off for photographs...
text: Head hunting is not extinct. Wretched Ourangkong - a Phom village across the Dikhu from Chantongia, lost 47 in a raid this month. The attackers were people we were touring among in April. Mongnyu (Phom) was the ringleader. I should love to burn it, after looting it carefully on behalf of the P.R...
text: Yours ever,
text: J.P. Mills